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About pollex

  • Birthday 11/08/1947

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    Calgary, Canada
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    photography, Ship model Design & building

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  1. My inquiry seems to fit this category. I am registered as "pollex", but my browsing "visits" aren't noted recently.. My reading various forum comments are noted as "unknown" or unregistered visitor. Does one have to re-register after a certain duration? The number of visits seems to be important for commenting in the Traders/Dealers section. I've been enjoying this Forum for several years. Kind regards, pollex (calgary)
  2. For those Ship-modellers interested in modelling the "Great Eastern", please refer to the British forum Model Boats. A gentleman by the name of Bob Abell built a large model ( 7 ft or over 2 m.) which was propelled by 2 paddlewheels and screws (props.). Apparently the BBC sent a crew to film the model sailing at Hoylake, Wirral. If you read the MB forum, you'll read Bob reminiscing about this build. Pollex, Calgary
  3. Are you using the J.Boudriot books or plans as the source of your data. ? I also have Boudriot"s books (4 volumes); also several other Ancre Monograms. They are EXCELLENT ! Pollex, Calgary
  4. Hello Art; I understand your Loss! Even though my wife passed away March 1998, 22 years ago; grieving never stops, it changes. My faith, Mother, Sister & daughter helped of course; but I had to move ahead. Never give up on Yourself! The best is yet to come! Kind regards, Pollex, Calgary
  5. Hello Alexandrus, I agree with the other folks that you've made a very fine model. However, as a retired draughtsman/designer, I 'm noting an omission. I also have a set of the "Jacinth" dwgs from Ancre, but I'm not able to look at them now; I see you have put 3 reefs in the fore-topsail. How could the seamen reef the topsail, if there are no foot-ropes to stand on? These would not be difficult to add! Kind Regards, Pollex (Calgary) 20 april'2020
  6. Hello Druxy; I bought a set of plans drawn by R.J. Collins in the 60's of a 50-gun Navy ship c.1730. There were 4 sheets to the scale 1:72 or 1"=6'-0". Then, they were sold by Percival Marshall, but now they may be available from the British company which handles the "Model Boats" plans. Hope this helps. Pollex, Calgary
  7. Groan!!! That's an oldie. The late Sir David Frost included that on his 33-1/3 album "The Frost Report on Everything!" 40 years ago. MP
  8. Hello Patrick; With reference to the "Golden Hind", I bought a set of drawings from Glasgow many years ago (30?) which were drawn by the late Harold A. Underhill. He named this set of drawings, an "Elizabethan Galleon" HAU was an excellent draughtsman. His details are very interesting. They were sold by "Brown, Ferguson & Son" I'm sure you'll find them on the internet. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
  9. Hello Bear; Setting a lateen Sail is an interesting challenge! I've studied sail rigs for some time and would have thought the sail was set outside the shrouds! I'm referring to "Mediterranean" practices which were tried later in European waters. Reports of King Richard's fleet sailing to Acre in 1192, describe his oared-galleys attacking and sinking a "huge" 3-masted Muslim ship, which may have been a dromond. Huge ships would have required larger sails. John Pryor, an Australian scholar has studied these vessels, and written a paper on them. I can't find this reference at the moment. European sailors used to square sails, were cautiously "experimenting" with lateen sails (say 1500's) which is why they were much smaller. Arab dhows also had large lateen sails which would not work inside the shrouds. Regards, Pollex Calgary
  10. Hello David Goulden; Please look at <metromarine.org> This is the website of "Metro Marine Modellers" of Toronto. They usually have a club meeting each month, on the 3rd Friday I believe. Check the site to see if you can "connect" in July or August. They used to have a list of hobby shops and sources most useful to model builders. It would be great if you could "connect" with someone either at a Fun Run or a Sunday sailing event. There are Static, Scale & Sailing Divisions. This club was a special part of my life during the 10+ years I lived in Toronto. Regards, Pollex
  11. Hello Druxy; I have a book "Bluenose II" Saga of the Great fishing Schooners Measured Drawings by LB Jensen. This is a soft-cover book 11"x14" (almost). Nimbus Publishing 1994/2002 ISBN 1-55109-063-5 125pp. Is this the book you're referring to? Regards, Pollex (Calgary)
  12. Hello Squire Trelawney (aka S. Coleman); The cutwater is never planked, as it's a "build-up" of timbers extending up from the keel. It's painted like the rest of the hull, which in this case would either be black (tar) or off-white cream (white-stuff). Hope this helps, Pollex
  13. Hello Ulises; I've taken a quick look through your build. I'd suggest you carefully check the "pitch" or the angle of the bowsprit. Check the angle with the waterline, as it looks very steep, almost 45 degrees! Is it really supposed to be this steep? Kind regards, pollex (Calgary)
  14. Re: DWL & LWL It is always fascinating to read extracts from the logs of 18th & early 19th century ships of the British Royal Navy, where Captains were urged to report (in as much detail as possible), the ship's best point of sailing, the draughts and the loading of stores & ballast. These extracts are found in books by Gardiner & Lavery, etc. and show how important the Admiralty considered them for reviewing present ships and future designs. I'm convinced that the mathematical reckonings for DWL & LWL were known as early as the beginning of the 1600's by Phineas Pett & Co. but were kept as the secret "black magic" by which they presented designs and estimates preferred to their competitors. Later, as mathematics became a more public knowledge say after 1750, design theory added to practical build experience. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
  15. Re: Surcouf (Alexmd) This was a most interesting vessel, which was lost in the Carribean during the war. She must have sailed with the "Free French", the French seamen who were willing to fight within the Royal Navy, as I don't think she was lost after "VE Day". I seem to remember that there were two 8" guns in the turret, although not the cause of her sinking. Regards, pollex (Calgary)
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